Changes In Wind For Pilot Certification Regs

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On Wednesday, the FAA released a proposed new rule that will update and overhaul Federal Aviation Regulations Part 61 subsections that govern certification of airmen. Some 200 changes are proposed, which range from minor tweaks in the language to more substantive changes. Among the changes: The FAA would allow student pilot certificates to last longer -- 36 months for those under 40, and 24 months for those 40 and over; allow computers and simulators to be used for credit toward flight-time requirements; establish rules for training with night-vision goggles; and simplify the paperwork for certified flight instructors to renew their certificates. On Wednesday afternoon, AOPA staffers were still sifting through the complex proposal to check for changes that could affect pilots. AOPA said most of the changes it had lobbied for were adopted. Comments on the proposal are invited, and the deadline to do so is May 8.